Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLBDC) was founded in May 1988 as a non-profit community-based corporation, backed by federal government funding. We started out with the mission we still hold to today: to help small business owners in Lambton County succeed and thereby create permanent, long-term employment opportunities and help build our economic community. We want to reduce small business failures, and empower business owners to succeed by providing access to the funding and resources they need to build stable work environments and sound business plans.

With our free business counselling services, and access to repayable financing to a maximum of $250,000, SLBDC has been helping business owners start, grow, and establish their companies across the county for 30 years. Since 1988, we’ve assisted in the creation of over 8,981 permanent jobs in Lambton County by way of providing business counseling, business loans, and other entrepreneurial programs. We are proud to have supported 678 local businesses with loans totalling $36.5 million.

We specialize in many business development areas, including expertise for different sized businesses and offering resources for businesses at various stages of operation. Whether you’re just beginning with a basic business plan, or have managed your company for several years, there is always room for improvement and growth, and we’re here to provide assistance to achieve that.

Our experienced staff brings knowledge in all areas of business development, and work with each business to help equip and inform, as best we can, to build strong, long-lasting jobs and services!

Meet the Team

We are governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, representing a thorough cross-section of business sectors, areas of expertise, and business locations within the Lambton community. Our staff keeps the day-to-day operations running smoothly, assisting with any client needs and offering in-depth knowledge of various areas of business needs.


Chelsea Cooper
Grace Dekker
Tara Duff-Cloes
Jamie Hayes
Jennifer Jaecques
Matt Klompstra
Todd McNeil
Jon Palumbo
Matt Pasut

Board of Directors - Recruitment Policy


Don Anderson

General Manager

Email: [email protected]

Ashley Rusticus

Administrative Assistant

Email: [email protected]

Nicole Crosby

Business Development Officer
(Commercial Lending & Business Counselling)

Email: [email protected]